MEET YOUR ARTIST
Julianna Quiñones (they/them) is a 21-year-old multimedia experimental artist with interest in collage. They are a senior currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Florida. In their personal practice, Quiñones explores the concept of the human condition through abstract representations to uncover human truths.
This curated selection of works seeks to highlight the relationship between hyper-personal experiences and deeper human truths. In this series of images, there are recurring appearances of the bee and honeycomb. The bee stands as the single individual belonging to the honeycomb, the home to the colony on the whole. All people experience the same set of human truths, which provides a shared sense of belonging. The juxtaposition of human faces with bees serves to build this connection between personal experiences and the human condition overall the space between which the human sense of self lies. The first and final works of the show illustrate this most directly. Further, the bee/colony relationship parallels a collectivist society. The push and pull between individuals and the society on the whole is shown in the structure of the show. This is achieved within each piece directing emphasis to specific points in the image while generalizing the remainder of the work. The works alternate between varying degrees of abstracted portraiture and generalized landscapes to reflect this in the structure of the show. Overall, the show serves to prioritize the forest over the trees; human truths over personal experience.
What is the inspiration for this current exhibition?
For this current exhibition, I wanted to showcase the overarching feel and voice of my work. I focus largely on design with a degree of abstraction. My work tends to be minimalist, including limited color palettes, to control and direct viewer’s focus.
What is your process?
My process is typically more concept-driven. When I set out to make a piece, I have an idea of something I want to address and then choose which media will most effectively convey that idea.
What are your goals after this year?
After this year, I plan on producing artwork to sell as prints/books/zines. I also plan on showcasing my work in more exhibitions.
Acrylic paint on mirror